Cinemas are great places to visit when you want to sit back, relax and watch a movie. We rarely think about the cinemas themselves with their interior design and architecture. In London there are so many beautiful and charming Cinemas which are still in working order today.

Historical Cinemas showcase amazing design with their vintage seats, lit up typography lights and the retro times and session display. If it’s a warm night you could even watch a movie at a retro 50’s Drive In which is rarely seen these days.

If you’re a movie buff you have to check out these 17 Historical Cinemas In London You Have to Visit, they capture the beauty and feel of what it’s like to watch a movie in style!

1. The Screen on the Green, Islington

The Screen on the Green, Islington

The gorgeous exterior, comfy exterior, and eclectic mix of classic films and new hits make the Screen on the Green a winner.

2. Renoir Cinema, Russell Square

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For arthouse staples, the Renoir at the Brunswick Shopping Centre is the place to go. The classy cinema is under refurbishment for now, but reopens Spring 2015.

3. The Rooftop Cinema Club

The Rooftop Cinema Club

The nomadic Rooftop Cinema Club experience shows films on rooftops across London, so you can watch your favourite films over a breathtaking city view.

4. Electric Cinema, Notting Hill

Electric Cinema, Notting Hill
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Tucked smack in the centre of Portobello Road, the cosy and intimate space Electric Cinema is a great spot to catch the newest indie film craze.

5. Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley

Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
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The Phoenix Cinema dates back to 1910 and is London’s oldest continuously running cinemas in Britain. Check it out for stunning historical architecture and a healthy menu of indie and foreign films.

6. Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton

Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton

The gorgeous Ritzy is known for themed film launch parties, and in addition to its wide variety of screenings, has a fantastic bar and live venue.

7. Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square

Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square

For cheap tickets and witty marquees, the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is second to none. The cinema brings cult classic, new releases, and sing-a-long showings to the screen.

8. Lexi Cinema, Kensal Green

Lexi Cinema, Kensal Green

The Lexi is a cinema. Love it. Seriously though, you can’t not love this charming, volunteer run picturehouse.

9. Hot Tub Cinema

Hot Tub Cinema

Hot Tub Cinema is another nomad cinema club, but with a twist. Book out a hot tub with your friends and watch your favourite film while you soak.

10. Rio Cinema, Dalston

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The historical Rio Cinema has been around for 100 years, and offers a wide range of screenings, from lates, to family days, to classic matinees, this retro cinema has everything.

11. Rich Mix, Shoreditch

Rich Mix, Shoreditch
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Rich Mix is a major player in the East London arts scene, and alongside offering popular and arthouse film options is its state-of-the-art screening rooms, the venue hosts music, dance, theatre, and literary events on the regular.

12. W Hotel Film Club, Leicester Square

W Hotel Film Club, Leicester Square

For the ultimate star treatment, the W Hotel has you covered. The luxury hotel in central London offers routine film viewings a in their private, 39 seat festival screening room with complimentary popcorn for just £15.

13. Luna Cinema

Luna Cinema

The Luna Cinema arranges site-specific film viewings around the country, with plenty of London viewings during their summer season.

14. Whirled Cinema, Loughborough Junction

Whirled Cinema, Loughborough Junction

For a cosy arthouse, you must visit the Whirled Cinema. The intimate screening room built into the railway arches of Loughborough Junction.

15. The Drive In Film Club, Brent Cross

The Drive In Film Club, Brent Cross

Go back in time with the Drive In Film Club. The club runs bi-weekly at Brent Cross during the summer months and books up fast, so keep an eye out for when they announce their 2015 summer season!

16. Curzon Soho, Firth Street

Curzon Soho, Firth Street
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Charming and trendy, the Curzon Soho is a great place to catch an a indie film, and offers regular talkbacks with filmmakers.

17. Genesis Cinema, Mile End

Genesis Cinema, Mile End

Movies, mochas, and martinis… need they say more? The luxe Genesis Cinema shows arthouse and family films, and is also a great place for a drink.

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